Race to hold first same-sex wedding is on

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

Liberal and Reform synagogues are lining up to hold the first same-sex Jewish wedding ceremony.

The government announced on Tuesday that, under new legislation, same-sex marriage services would take place in England and Wales from March 29, rather than from the summer as had been expected.


The baby gap...and how it’s changing the face of the community

By Simon Rocker, November 14, 2013

The overall number of Jewish births in the UK is at its highest level for more than 40 years — but when the Charedi population is removed from the figures, the numbers look very different and show a continuing fall.

In 2011 there were 3,860 recorded births. That is the highest since an estimated 4,000 in the late 1960s, and the fourth successive year of increase.


Raising the marriage age is a true step forward for women

By Adi Blutner, November 9, 2013

Bar-Ilan University’s Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Centre for the Advancement of the Status of Women is joining women around the country in celebrating a historic day for the state of Israel.

This week, the Knesset passed a bill that will raise the minimum legal marriage age in Israel to 18, up by one year from the current age of 17.


Some answers from on High

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2013

Next week, Marion and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. As wedding anniversaries go these days, this is no big deal.


Be a Zionist– get married later

By Barry Frankfurt, July 14, 2013

Last month, Hebrew University in Jerusalem hosted the first conference to look specifically at the impact of the Birthright trips to Israel, which offer any Jew aged 18-26 a free first Israel experience. The programme was launched 13 years ago and has been responsible for providing more than 340,000 young Jewish adults from 62 countries with their first educational taste of Israel.


Romain goes out on a mixed high

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Jonathan Romain organised a seminar for couples where one partner was Jewish and the other not. Since then, more than 2,000 couples have participated in what became an annual programme.

But the Maidenhead Reform minister says that Sunday’s seminar at the Sternberg Centre in Finchley will be his last.


The European union that bucks the trend

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

An industrial estate on the outskirts of Barcelona may seem an unlikely setting for one of the year’s biggest Jewish social events.

But for 350 students and young professionals from across Europe, the four-day break provided a lifeline to help them meet like-minded Jews for friendship, romance, and boozy revelry.


New national group for singles

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A chance encounter with the Chief Rabbi inspired a new national committee for young singles.

Young Jewish Singles founder and chair Charles Simmons, 30, said he had asked Lord Sacks: “Is it better for someone to marry out or stay single?”